BLM Seeks Public Input on Public Lands Nominated for Potential Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

BLM Seeks Public Input on Public Lands Nominated for Potential Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

Battle Mountain, NV – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain District is asking the public to review and provide input on 67 parcels of public land, totaling 116,990 acres, nominated for potential oil and gas leasing that may lead to exploration and development. The BLM is analyzing the parcels to identify potential impacts in an environmental assessment (EA), in accordance with the Oil & Gas Leasing Reform mandated in 2010. The preliminary parcel list, along with a map of nominated parcels, is available for review at the ePlanning website, listed below, for a 15-day scoping period.

The scoping period ends November 30, 2015. Written comments received during this 15-day period will be used to identify potential issues that may be considered during the environmental analysis process. The scoping documents may be viewed at: http://1.usa.gov/1N0eOtO or a printed copy can be picked up at the Mount Lewis Field Office at 50 Bastian Road, Battle Mountain, NV. Written comments can be sent to BLM at the address above during this comment period and will be considered in the decision-making process. Comments may also be submitted using the ePlanning comments submission at: http://1.usa.gov/1N0eOtO (click on the “comment” button in the lower right hand corner) or emailed to: blm_nv_bmdo_2016_OG_ea@blm.gov.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised, that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM expects to make the EA available for public review and comment in February 2015. A Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale is scheduled for June 2015. Additional information about the Oil and Gas Leasing process is available at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/prog/minerals/leasable_minerals/oil___gas.html.

For more information, contact Andrea Dolbear, at the BLM , at (775) 635-4150.

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